Today would have been Big L's 40th birthday. Though his time as an MC was cut short after he was fatally shot on February 15, 1999, the Harlem rapper made an impact in hip-hop that has endured through the years.
To celebrate his legacy, Complex TV shares exclusive footage of Big L doing what he loved. The two clips were captured by Jewlz of Danger Zone Filmz. A longtime friend of Big L, Jewlz is directing a forthcoming documentary on the rapper's life called Street Struck: The Big L Story.
The above video features Big L freestyling in Brooklyn with Charlie Hustle and the late great Big Pun back in February of 1998. You'll notice that L's verse is from '98 Freestyle." It's also the one he spit on The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show that same year. However, seeing him rap it alongside the legendary Pun gives it new life.
A second video, included below, has Big L rapping his verses from "Size 'Em Up" during a studio session with producer Ron Browz. "Size 'Em up" would later be featured on his posthumous album, The Big Picture.
R.I.P. Big L.
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